Cleveland Clinic London performs AR-assisted knee replacement

Cleveland Clinic London has successfully performed a total knee replacement with the assistance of an augmented reality based surgical platform designed with AI and machine learning.

Advanced imaging software is used to visualise the patient’s knee joint in 3D prior to surgery, helping the surgical team evaluate damaged bone and cartilage and determine the optimal placement for the implant.

During the procedure, augmented reality glasses are worn by the surgeon to view the patient’s anatomy. Two small sensors attached to the patient’s leg provide real-time soft tissue feedback, such as ligament tension and the AR-based platform enables the surgical team to easily adjust implant placement based on the patient’s individual anatomy.

According to Cleveland Clinic London, the procedure, carried out by consultant orthopaedic hip and knee surgeon Panagiotis Gikas, is the first of its kind undertaken in the capital.

‘Augmented reality gives a visualisation of the joint that is more dynamic as it is three-dimensional,’ said Dr Gikas. ‘The advanced technology helps with planning the procedure and allows for the best positioning of the implant for each patient during the procedure. The end-result is tailored to the unique anatomy and specific needs of each patient.’

Cleveland Clinic has been using augmented reality technology in joint replacements, particularly shoulder arthroplasty surgery, at its main campus in Cleveland, Ohio. It has also been adapting the technology for other clinical applications, including aortic aneurysm.